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The Choose One tool allows the mobile user to select an answer from a multiple choice list (presented either as a series of radio buttons, or as a drop-down list). Note that the Choose One tool can be used inside a Questionnaire container to organize the questions within a tabular format.

The following animated image shows an example of three radio button Choose One lists:

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The following animated image shows an example of three drop-down Choose One lists:

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Note that a Choose One widget can be hidden in a mobile form in order to create an approval tool. For example, a doForms web user who approves forms that are submitted by mobile users may wish to create an approval tool that only they can view on the web. To do this, the web user can insert a Choose One widget in the form and hide it from mobile users (see Hide settings below). This way, the Choose One field will appear when web users view data on the doForms web portal, but remains hidden in the mobile form.

Choose one fields can also use images instead of text for answers. To add an image click on the small camera icon next to where the answer is entered and select either an image from the doForms library or upload a photo from your local folders. Once a photo is selected scale the image so it fits inside of the picker and click save. Using pictures instead of text still requires the user to have a text value for each potential answer, even if it is not displayed.

Properties

Caption text: The caption is used in most cases to ask the question. In others it may be a column heading. This is a required field. Please keep in mind that captions will wrap when form elements do not fit within the width of the screen. It is important to consider how your captions will be displayed. Captions on a larger screen might look perfect, but on a smaller device, they may be forced to wrap several times. In this situation, a smaller caption should be used.

Hint: Provides additional information to the mobile form user on how a question (i.e., Caption text) should be answered. The Hint font size is smaller than the Caption font size.

Additional HTML styling can be applied on hints and captions.

Data name: Because this is a required field, doForms will default the Data name to match the Caption or Label. If these are blank, doForms will generate a generic Data name name with a sequential number (such as "untitled10"). Since it is used throughout the system, it is recommended that you enter a descriptive Data name that is easily identifiable. Nondescript Data names are difficult to find and select at a later time (e.g., when performing a calculation).

Answers: Specifies the values of the multiple choice answers. Each option includes an Answer (as presented to the user), and you may select the Underlying value checkbox to add underlying values. These are descriptive or alpha-numeric codes of your choosing (spaces are not permitted in the Underlying values fields; these fields replace spaces with underscores instead). Using the underlying value setting allows the user to define a value for that answer that is different than the displayed answer. For example, if a user had a list potential wine names in a choose one field but wanted the to use the product code of the selected answer, they could use this setting to replace the name of the wine bottle with the product code associated to it. This way when a wine bottle is selected the user who selected it would see the anme of the bottle but the user who created the form would see the product code.

Default value: If not selected, no radio buttons or drop-down selection in the Choose one list will be highlighted upon opening the form. If you do select a default value, then the radio button or drop-down selection for that value will be selected upon opening the form (unless the question is marked as Read only, the mobile user will then be able to select another value). Setting a default value is useful because it minimizes the work for mobile users when a question has a likely answer. Note that repeating values can be set on the doForms mobile app using the Remember Answer option.

Allow Deselect: This setting, if checked, allows the user filling out the form to deselect a radio button they had previously selected. If this setting is unchecked the user would only be able to select another possible answer but would not be able to deselect an answer.

Display: The answer choice options can either appear as radio buttons or as a drop-down list, using the following settings:

  • Down: Creates a list of radio buttons going down the page.
  • Across: Creates a series of radio buttons going across the page. If this option is selected, the Ignore across if screen smaller than... checkbox will appear. If selected, and a diagonal screen size is entered, then the Across option is ignored if the form is opened on a mobile device with a screen size smaller than the entered value. The list will instead appear going down the page.
  • Simple dropdown: Creates a drop-down list of choices.

Appearance: doForms allows you to set a default set of appearance parameters. This eliminates the need for you to have to set colors and other parameters each time you add an element to your form. You can however override the default settings for any tool by simply picking the Custom option. You can also edit the default by clicking on the edit defaults option.

See Appearance Settings

Justification: Allows you to apply text justification settings to certain elements of the tool. Choose the appropriate radio button for the Caption, Hint, and/or Answer fields as follows:

  • L: Left-justifies the text.
  • C: Center-justifies the text.
  • R: Right-justifies the text.

Remove Space: This option allows you to remove the spacing before or after the tool. This provide allows the tool to appear a a cohesive part of the group of questions.

Read only: These settings allow you to control which users can enter data into or edit this field. The settings are as follows:

  • View data edit: Restricts a web portal user from editing this field when editing a submitted form through the 'View data' tab.
  • View data new: Restricts a web portal user from entering data into this field when creating a new form through the 'View data' tab.
  • Dispatch edit: Restricts a web portal user from editing this field when editing a submitted form through the 'Dispatch' tab.
  • Dispatch new: Restricts a web portal user from entering data into this field when creating a new dispatch through the 'Dispatch' tab.
  • Mobile: Restricts a mobile user from entering data into this field when creating a form.
  • Web App: Restricts a web app user from entering data into this field when creating a form.
  • Form Links: Restricts a web portal user from editing this field when editing a form that was sent using a form link.

Required: These settings allow you to control which users are required to enter data into this field. The settings are as follows:

  • View data edit: Requires a web portal user to enter data into this field if editing and saving a submitted form through the 'View data' tab
  • View data new: Requires a web portal user to enter data into this field when creating a new form through the 'View data' tab.
  • Dispatch edit: Requires a web portal user to enter data into this field if editing and saving a submitted form through the 'Dispatch' tab.
  • Dispatch new: Requires a web portal user to enter data into this field when creating a new dispatch through the 'Dispatch' tab.
  • Mobile: Requires a mobile user to enter data into this field when creating a form.
  • Web App: Requires a web app user to enter data into this field when creating a form.
  • Form Links: Restricts a user from submitting a form link without answering this this field

Hide: These settings allow you to hide the form field from users in specific situations. The settings are as follows:

  • View data edit: Hides this field from a web portal user when editing a submitted form through the 'View data' tab.
  • View data new: Hides this field from a web portal user when creating a new form through the 'View data' tab.
  • Dispatch edit: Hides this field from a web portal user when editing a submitted form through the 'Dispatch' tab.
  • Dispatch new: Hides this field from a web portal user when creating a new dispatch through the 'Dispatch' tab.
  • Mobile: Hides this field from a mobile user when creating a form.
  • Web App: Hides this field from a web app user when creating a form.
  • In PDF and Print: Hides this field when the form is converted to PDF or printed.
  • Form Links: Hides this field on forms that are sent as form links.

Actions

Only display this question if

This is a very powerful option as it allows you to hide form elements, only exposing them if the answer to a question in your form meets the criteria you have set. Being able to hide fields unless they are needed makes form more user friendly. For example, if you have a Choose One question with the answers Yes and No, then you can say "Only display this form element if" the answer to the Choose One is "equal" to "Yes." You can combine criteria with other criteria, thus creating complex criteria for showing/hiding form elements.

Jump to

This option allows you to navigate the user to a specific location in the form based on how they answer the current question.

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